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Contents

7th
14th
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7th

It became obvious at the Awards Evening that the heritage of our great club is still not widely appreciated.

So, for the benefit of those who do not know about him, here are extracts from ‘Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants’ about the world renowned Prince Of Centres.

“Harold Wagstaff was born on 19 May 1891 at Underbank, Holmfirth.

“Harold and his mates were rugby-mad. As young boys they used an old yeast bag stuffed with rags for a ball and by the age of thirteen, in 1904, he was playing for Pump Hole Rangers. This was a team formed by Harold and his mates, who gathered at the village pump in Holmfirth and, playing Northern Union rules, competed against other lads' teams from the locality. Their matches, usually played in farmers' fields without goals or pitch markings, were sometimes terminated when they were evicted.

“Harold was the outstanding talent in this spartan Northern Union nursery and, shortly before his fifteenth birthday in 1906, he   achieved his ambition, making his debut for Underbank Rangers. Playing at centre, he was an instant success, scoring two tries.

“Despite his tender years, Harold was a prolific scorer and it was no surprise when George Dickenson, a referee who was a former Halifax captain and Yorkshire forward, approached him to join the Halifax  club. On learning his age the Halifax Committee declined to sign him and Huddersfield's John Clifford appeared on his doorstep with an offer to join the Claret and Gold.

“On 2 November 1906, just six months after his Underbank debut, Harold signed for Huddersfield for five gold sovereigns. Eight days later on 10 November, aged 15 years 175 days, he made his first team debut at Barley Mow, Bramley, scoring a try as Huddersfield won 28-11.”

Harold went on to captain both club and country.

At the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1914, due to debilitating injuries, Great Britain were reduced to 10 men shortly after half time.

“Against these seemingly impossible odds, Harold Wagstaff's leadership qualities were never more needed or more apparent. Aggressive, skilful and shrewd, the captain virtually made up the numerical difference on this own - simply the finest match of his magnificent career. In a second half that, with injury time, lasted fifty-four minutes, the Lions amazingly added a further try and held on to win 14-6.”

That was the infamous ‘Rorke’s Drift Test Match’.

Space does not permit full justice being paid to Harold, but there is plenty more in the excellent publication which can be bought online [www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk] or from David Thorpe [01484 533378].      

Keep up to date with HGSA by visiting www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

14th

We are pleased to report that Rudolph got over his bout of flu in time for the usual delivery routine last December. [If you remember, it was Rudolph’s illness and the threat of an epidemic which, at Santa’s request, forced us to cancel last year’s Reindeer Race Night.]

Santa learned his lesson from last year and all his reindeer have had flu jabs. [He had to have it done private as reindeer are not covered by the NHS. Naturally HGSA donated to this worthy cause.]

So, all stations are go – or should I say ‘all stalls are go’ – for the grand depart on Friday 11th December.

The specially prepared paddock will again be at Turnbridge WMC.

The reindeer will be available for viewing from 7:30 pm onwards with the their first race at 8 o’clock.

Santa’s usual condition will apply again this year – that none of the reindeer will be allowed to run under their own names. So Donna, Blitzen, and the rest will have to have new names.

You, dear reader, are very welcome to own and name a reindeer for a race. All it will cost will be a mere £3.

A FUN evening is guaranteed, so come along and bring the kids. You never know, Santa himself usually turns up to keep an eye on his steeds.

Full details can be found at http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/Reindeer%202015.html. Or phone Margaret Callaghan on 07853 540 069.

The names of HGSA’s raffle winners and ticket numbers:

Catalan Holiday For Two 1144 Peter Bullas;
2016 Season Ticket 1432 Craig Gledhill;
Eric's Restaurant Meal For Two 0664 Mick Clough;
Lalas Restaurant Meal For Two 1500 Damian Shutt;
Rosters Voucher 0989 D Hall;
Box of Beer 0450 J Senior.

Thanks to everyone who helped and/or bought. We reckon the raffle has raised just over £1800 for the development of rugby at the youth level.

There are still a couple of places left for our visit to Magic Rock Brewery, Beck Road, on Thursday October 22nd. Contact Dave Calverley [07887 878 425].

Our November meeting at Turnbridge [3rd] will see two Fartown stalwarts as our guests – Seth and Big Ian.

Yes, Ken Senior and Ian Van Bellen will be coming along to entertain us.

 

‘Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants’ – there are only 80 copies remaining. It is sure to sell out in the next couple of months so, if you have not already got a copy, contact David Thorpe [01484 533378] or go online [www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk].

Keep up to date with HGSA by visiting www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

 

21st

Super League 2015 is now officially over. However, there is still plenty going on for lovers of TGG [‘The Greatest Game’].

HGSA have a busy few weeks coming up.

There is the trip to Magic Rock Brewery on Thursday followed two days later by the end-of-season meal at Greenhead Masonic.

Then, two weeks later, two legends of our great club will be entertaining us at Turnbridge.

Judging by the tales Ian Van Bellen told me in the King’s Head last Saturday we shall be in for a treat when he joins up with Ken Senior on Tuesday 3rd November.

There are even Rugby League matches.

The other code does not have the rights to internationals, despite what the media might make us believe.

We have several players making appearances for Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. And then there are the three in the England squad.

Why not show the media that Rugby League fans DO love internationals? Check out the fixture lists and go to one. Personally I shall be at the Olympic Stadium to watch Leroy feed Jerry for his hat trick!

Oh that a northern hemisphere rugby team can beat a southern one - Rugby League might, just might, get a mention!

You could even support one of the area’s oldest clubs and head over to Leigh Sports Village on Saturday.

Why?

To watch Underbank take on Leigh East in the National Conference 2 final. Apparently there is an up-and-coming full back playing, name of Paul Reilly. Someone to watch out for!

At the University’s Heritage Quay, Phil Caplan will be sharing RL history on Wednesday evenings – for information only as places have been fully booked for quite some time.

There are also other rugby-based themes there – especially for youngsters during half term.

The curator of this excellent set-up, David Smith, will be our guest in December. For a non-Huddersfield lad he certainly knows his Rugby League!

Finally, another plea for help with the Heritage Project.

There is a mountain of work involved in sifting through the David Gronow collection. Please help – you do not have to attend meetings, you can work from home. Contact Dave Calverley [07887 878 425].

For all information about the Heritage Project, head over to www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk and for HGSA www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

 

28th

A high and a low this week.

It is with regret that we have to report the passing of another ex-Fartown stalwart in Ben Robison who passed away on the 1st Feb aged 94.

Ben served with the RAF during the second World War before setting up his own butchery business which he ran for many years at Cowlersley.

But as records show Ben also found time to get involved in rugby league and became part of the running of the supporters club as early as 1953 along with his wife Dolly who served alongside him on the supporters club committee.

In those days the club were always looking to improve facilities the first of which was the installation of the tea hut at the scoreboard end of the ground in 1957 followed by the building of the supporters club premises which was opened in September 1965. Following  this Ben became President in 1965 and 1966 and then had a year as Chairman in 1970/1971 season.

Over the years the club became more vibrant with events taking place most nights of the week and there is no doubt Ben would have had a great input in its success.

If only we had our own supporters club premises now.

Well done Ben and thank you very much for your efforts.

Ben would have been extremely pleased with the end-of-season dinner.

This has traditionally been a Legends affair with HGSA dining at a pre-season meal.

However, this year it was decided to try and bring everyone together – and what a success this turned out to be.

People from the Legends, HGSA, and the Senior Giants all mingled together and had a hugely enjoyable time.

Greenhead Masonic were perfect hosts and served an excellent meal. We even had an after-dinner speaker – Stan Sharpe provided some ground-breaking, state-of-the-art anecdotes!

Music, dancing, and liquid refreshments continued to flow until well after the witching hour.

Well done – and thank you – to John and Jean England for their efforts in ensuring the success of the evening. And John is already planning an even better event for next year – why not come and join us?

There will be a report next week of our visit to the Magic Rock Brewery.

It is nearly time to don the hat, scarf, mitts, warm coat, and furry boots in order to keep warm at the Reindeer Races. There are still a few seats available in the Turnbridge stands on December 11th.

And don’t forget next Tuesday when Ken Senior and Ian Van Bellen will be our guests.

Late News: Want to go to the Catalans match next year? It is the same weekend as the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona and air fares are going up almost daily. If you want details about the organised trip please contact Dave Calverley [07887 878 425].

For all information about the Heritage Project head over to www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, and for HGSA www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

 

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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